Is Insulin Resistance Stopping You Losing Weight

There are some people for who the simple equation of eating less calories and taking more exercise just doesn’t equal weight loss.  If you are one of those people who have always struggled to lose weight, even when following a diet to the letter, you might be suffering from insulin resistance.

Insulin resistance arises when your body is no longer capable of using insulin produced by the pancreas efficiently and as insulin is required to control the blood sugar levels in our body, insulin resistance results in rising blood sugar levels which is turned to fat.

Whenever you eat anything, the insulin levels in your blood increase as insulin is needed to help transport sugar to the cells throughout your body. Foods high in carbohydrates cause a more marked increase in blood sugar levels meaning that more insulin is needed to get the sugar to the cells.

When large amounts of foods high in carbohydrates are eaten on a regular basis the insulin receptors in the cells in your body can become desensitized to insulin.  This means that the cells don’t get the glucose, amino acids or fatty acids they need and as a result excess sugar builds up in the bloodstream which has to be processed by the liver into fat.

However weight gain is not the only result as without the essential glucose, amino acids and fatty acids that the insulin would normally deliver the cells begin to breakdown in a process called neuropathy. This could result in loss of sensation to your feet or hands or even produce changes in your vision.

Problems with controlling blood sugar levels is one of the indicators of Metabolic Syndrome which increase the risks of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease or of having a stroke.

The good news is that insulin resistance can be managed by adjusting the metabolic  imbalances so if you think you might  have a resistance to insulin don’t delay, make an appointment to see your doctor right away.

Apart from difficulty losing weight other symptoms of insulin resistance may include:

  • Weight gain around the midriff
  • Always feeling hungry
  • Lethargy and/or sleepiness after eating
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • High blood pressure
  • Increased blood glucose levels

6 Responses to “Is Insulin Resistance Stopping You Losing Weight”

  • Angelique on October 24, 2016

    This is the best description of IR that I have seen.

    • Amber on October 25, 2016

      Thank you very much Angelique.


  • Michelle on November 9, 2013

    Hi!! I started the diet on monday. I did the attack phase until thursday (4 days). Im in my second day of cruise but I havent lost weight at all!! I dont understand.

    Im also on my period, but I dont know if that plays a huge role to the point that the balance is not moving at all. Im 115 and 5ft1 btw.

    Any comments would be highly appreciated!

    ps. Ive been working out, doing spinning and ripped in 30 by Jillian Michales (weights). Could this affect the weight, since it only says to walk for 20 mins?

    • Amber on November 9, 2013

      Hi Michelle

      Water retention in your period can make it looks as if you aren’t losing weight as can building muscle. This is because muscle is much denser than fat so one pound of fat will have more volume than one pound of muscle and if this is the case you may see most of the impact with a tape measure.

      Best wishes


  • Nadia on December 1, 2012

    My bodyfat level has been going down but not the weight . When will i see weight loss. Am i eating wrong if i am not seeing weight loss for the past 1 week.I am on the starting of cruise phase

    • Amber on December 2, 2012

      Hi Nadia

      If you are losing body fat but not weight you are replacing the fat with muscle. This muscle building will be due to the exercise you are doing rather than the food you are eating. If you want to lose weight and not build muscle you are probably going to need to change the way you are exercising. So if for example you are weight training you would need to do an increased number of repetitions with a lower weight.

      Best wishes


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